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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-03-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-03-21

Topics Live concert

Electric-1: Casey Jones, Dancin' In The Streets, Easy Wind Acoustic: Friend Of The Devil, Deep Elem, Don't Ease Me In > Black Peter, Wake Up Little Susie > Uncle John's Band, Katie Mae

Electric-2: Cosmic Charlie, St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > St. Stephen jam > China Cat Sunflower jam > jam> Not Fade Away, Has Anybody Seen My Gal tuning, Midnight Hour > Turn On Your Lovelight, And We Bid You Goodnight

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theater
Location Port Chester, NY

Source Audience - Late Show Only
Lineage Aud > cassette x 2 > CD
Transferred by Usher Tree


Mics balcony center 15' spread.

Source Information for The Usher's Tapes Tree:

"the person who is responsible for the bulk of the capitol theatre audience recordings is a fellow by the name of ken lee (not sure of his last name spelling). this is the
guy who was employed by howard stein (local ny area promoter of the time) my source is his brother in law, mark c (a long time dead head & quite a nice &
unassuming person) i owe mark a huge debt of gratitude.

ken's port chester masters were recorded on a sony cassette deck (don't have the 'model # or mic info) his positioning was generally center lodge with mic's mounted
on the rail. 3/21/70 had the mic's spaced at over 15 feet, and the recording bears out that information. 6/24/70 set#2 was mastered on a 120-minute cassette.

ken is reported to be very un-friendly and intimidating (6 foot 5 inches with a security guard attitude) he was at tompkins square park, nyc 6/67 and reported a ½ hour
dancin' in the street, fwiw. he recorded many local shows (queens college, all 4 stands at port chester, Manhattan center.etc. mark says he was doing this only for
himself and never did much of anything at all with his recordings. at port chester he had howard steins permission to tape, with the footnote of never letting them out.
so...marks older sister is married to this guy & he would occasionally let mark have tapes & mark was apparently pretty free with his copies over the years. most of
what circulates from gd @ port chester originated mainly from mark's 1st gen copies, not ken's masters. as time went on their relationship deteriorated (now they are
estranged) and ken literally & figuratively shut the door on mark.

marks last score from ken's tapes was back in 1986. when ken was out, mark & an instigating friend went armed with sony tc d5m's and recorded as much from the masters as they could get away with. ken arrived in the middle of all this and was outraged and shut it all down & proceeded to take all the copies (not all it turned out) mark told me that at that point in time, all the tapes he witnessed were badly in need of restoration (and this was back in 1986) i am sad to relay that even though these master still exist, there are rotting in un-kind hands it took me close to 2 years & many phone calls to hook up with mark, and then only for one day. things were haphazard & i taped what i could given the time i had on hand.

mark had 2 separate copies of 6/24/70 late show. the older copy he received with ken's blessing in the mid '70's, this was on a xl 2, no dolby, the fresher copy was from the incident in 1986. this was on a mx metal cassette and had a better frequency response, but there was a bad squeal & lisp on the right hand channel and proves the deterioration of the recording. i went with the older copy that was made when the master was in better condition set list has; nfa easy wind (very powerful), me & my uncle, dark star ikyr, then uncle johns band (which is not the encore, as they never leave the stage. the encore is an acoustic "swing low sweet chariot" it was mia, but I WILL get it 3/21/70 has never sounded this good. it's actually quite fantastic in spots. it's the best recording i've ever heard coming out of that room 11/5/70 is a powerful psychedelic feast. i could never sit through it before, because of the abysmal quality

i want to, and enjoy bringing pleasure to fellow music lovers. please let it be known i have zero tolerance for any suspicion, or dishonesty. criticism, on the other hand
i can handle fairly well. so give me a few days & i'll get seeds to someone who has already volunteered to handle the administration and decimation on deadlist. our 1970 caretaker, jim powell, will get cd's from me for his analysis

that's the story"


Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2013
Subject: 3/21, 6/24, 11/8
The spirit of these shows is where it's at.
We are in Ken Lee's debt, nevertheless.
Reviewer: jwmckay57 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2007
Subject: Auds are okay
This is a really well recorded aud. The NFA is great just a pity that the end is cut. I really like the Katie Mae, nice one Pig. The more I listen to the stuff available on IA the more I like the Auds.This one is probably not totally essential but certainly well worth downloading. I have had many happy hours listening to this.
Reviewer: Little Nemo - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2007
Subject: corrections
The files for this date are messed up. We are missing the Casey Jones, Dancin', Easy Wind that started the late show (Deadlists does not mention that these songs are not circulating); there is an extra UJB that is *not* from this date; and Cosmic Charlie (the same performance) is on here twice. Please rectify, someone. Also, the end of NFA is cut off.

It's great to hear a lively audience, the SBDs can get sterile sometimes.
Reviewer: zzdoggies - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2006
Subject: My Kind Of Show
I like the late 60's & early 70's shows, especially with Pig Pen. Great sound and songlist. Make sure you get the early show from this data, also.
Reviewer: Jim in NC - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2006
Subject: Duplicates?
Good show. Excellent quality for an old cassette tape. Does anyone know why there are two Uncle John's and two Cosmic Charleys?
Reviewer: Mr. Trips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2005
Subject: *
I'm actually shocked that nobody has commented on this show. Pretty good setlist, including a couple of old 50's & 60's covers (Wake Up Little Susie etc.) Good audience recording for the time, tuning on> is solid. Where it really picks up though is NFA including a phat chinacat tease, stream it for yourself and listen. Well worth the harddrive space.
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